Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Wildlife Biology: D

 Title Abbreviation:   WILDLIFE BIOLOGY: D

 Department:    ENVC

 Course #:    202

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5.5

 CIP:    030101

 EPC:    165

 REV:    2018

 Course Description  

Concepts in wildlife management and conservation biology. Understand and identify wildlife management perspectives and constraints in relation to different cultural and social values. Includes relationships between land use patterns and responses by wildlife populations, and wildlife management with climate change challenges.


Prerequisite: Reading in technical journals and report writing required.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 44

Lab: 22

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Natural Sciences, Required for ATA degree, Elective  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
Institution Course # Remarks
UW ESC 350
wsu NATRS 280

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify characteristics of wildlife populations, their limiting factors, and habitat conditions.
  2. Evaluate the effects of forest and range management on wildlife and the potential social conflicts associated with different management strategies.
  3. Identify and understand wildlife management perspectives and constraints in relation to different cultural and social values.
  4. Identify different stakeholders and their attitudes towards wildlife.
  5. Characterize wildlife carrying capacity as well as social carrying capacity.
  6. Understand how the history of wildlife management has shaped our current policies.
  7. Understand natural regulations of populations and their food webs.
  8. Understand how socio-economic changes on a global scale influence wildlife poaching around the globe.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.
2.3 Identify, interpret, and evaluate pertinent data and previous experience to reach conclusions.
2.8 Describe how one’s own preconceptions, biases and values affect one’s response to new and ambiguous situations.

4. Community & Cultural Diversity

Definition: Recognizing the value of human communities and cultures from multiple perspectives through a critical understanding of their similarities and differences.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
4.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and issues associated with the diverse perspectives of race, social class, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities, and culture.
4.2 Understand, value and respect human differences and commonalities as they relate to issues of race, social class, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities and culture.
4.3 Understand the historically and socially constructed nature of—and the meanings attributed to—human differences.

5. Global & Local Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding the complexity and interdependence of, and stewardship responsibilities to, local and global communities and environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
5.2 Identify diverse communities and their shared/competing interests and develop strategies for prevention and resolution of conflict.

8. Mathematical Reasoning

Definition: Understanding and applying concepts of mathematics and logical reasoning in a variety of contexts, both academic and non-academic.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
8.3 Interpret information and reasoning expressed mathematically (for example in spreadsheets, diagrams, charts, formulas, etc.).

9. Scientific Literacy

Definition: Understanding scientific principles, and analyzing and applying scientific information in a variety of contexts.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
9.1 Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental scientific concepts.
9.5 Demonstrate an understanding of the political and ethical issues in science.

Course Contents

  1. History of wildlife management. Ecosystems and natural communities.
  2. Animal adaptations to environment. Characteristics of natural populations.
  3. Predators and predation including how different social groups view predators.
  4. Feeding types and plant-herbivore interactions. Movement and migration.
  5. Natural regulations of populations. Analysis of wildlife populations.
  6. Wildlife and interactions with landowners; public and private. Conflicts over land use constraints due to presence of endangered and threatened species.
  7. Managing urban wildlife with multiple attitudes towards their presence.
  8. Social attitudes and the science of hunting of wildlife.